CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury has written to the Election Commission against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly violating the poll code by sharing operational details of a “sensitive” defence mission in a television interview to influence voters.
n his letter to the EC, Yechury has alleged Modi’s statements were in clear and deliberate violation of the guidelines which were re-issued and reiterated by the Election Commission before the first round of polling, making it clear that the armed forces, which belong to all of India, cannot be a subject for hyperbolic and false claims by any party.
In an interview on Saturday, Modi had said he approved the Indian Air Force’s cross-border mission in Balakot, Pakistan, despite inclement weather and against the advise of experts as he felt cloud cover would hide the Indian fighter jets from Pakistani radar.
Yechury said, “This interview wherein Modi gave out operational details of a sensitive military mission, with a purpose to influence the voters during the silent period of the campaign needs to be recorded and acted upon by the Commission.
“It appears that Modi is mocking the Election Commission by violating all rules, codes and guidelines with impunity with damaging consequences for our democracy, of which the Election Commission is the custodian.
Yechury further said based on the poll body’s recent decisions on BJP leaders and Prime Minister Narendra Modi making alleged poll code violations earlier, it was “widely perceived” that Modi was being treated as though he was outside the purview of the Model Code of Conduct. He further lashed out at Modi for continuing to use the armed forces in his speech.